As I mentioned in my last post, I like to think of my personal style to be kind of like “kurohime” which translates to “black princess”. In this entry, I will talk a little more about this sort of goth-princess hybrid style and show some examples of what I would consider kurohime.
Please note though that I am in NO way a style expert nor should this be taken as a serious style guide. I did NOT create this style and don’t feel obliged to follow this, experiment! It’s more fun that way.
I must say, out of all the Lolita styles, my favorite style has got to be gothic Lolita, especially the very elegant/cute styles like the stuff from brands like Alice and the Pirates, Alterior Perriott, and Moi Meme Moitie. The only other style I love as much as gothic Lolita is hime gyaru. One thing I love with ANY style is accessories and I think hime gyaru have the BEST accessories! I love the big, curly, Marie Antoinette-like hair, hime mules, and lace and floral pattered stockings (I LOVE hosiery! XD) AND those dazzling hime nails!
As of late, I have been feeling very princessey style wise and when not in Lolita, I would love to wear more hime gyaru and I have begun to collect more hime things. However I still don’t have much of a wardrobe yet, since I don’t fit most Japanese brands I’ve had to look around in other stores and I’ve found it hard to find things that will fit the hime aesthetic. Also, no matter how much I love hime gyaru, I just love Lolita more. Also, outside of fashion, a lot of my interests/hobbies/music I like are more on the “darker” side.
So, what’s a girl to do? The answer: kurohime. When I was getting ready for con season to start up again this year I started thinking and trying to figure out how I could incorporate my two favorite (though total opposite) styles in my wardrobe equally and how to mix them using what I knew from dressing in Lolita for 3 years and observing hime gyaru for 2.
So far I’ve only tried this goth-princess hybrid once and sadly I have no decent pictures. But the main idea, in my mind, would be something like this:
Now, this may or may not be the best example but I think you all get the main idea. Basically the 2 main points are this:
Color Scheme ~ When people think of hime Lolita or hime gyaru, the colors that usually come to mind are pink, cream, rose prints, and basically any and all pastel tones but mostly pink. Even when hime gyaru and hime Lolita are rarely mixed, usually they are done with pastel tone dresses. However with kurohime, like the name, there is a lot of black. But other darker colors and even darker prints can be suitable. My personal favorite color is dark, navy, “Moitie” blue. But dark red, violet, and mono-tones are pretty too! :)
Hair/Makeup ~ Here are some of my favorite makeup tutorials:
With hair, the 3 main things to remember are big, bouffant, and teased. For most girls achieving the perfect hime updo usually means wigs or lots of extensions if your own natural hair is like mines and comes up short. (no pun intended) I personally buy my wigs from Cosplay Wigs USA/Gothic Lolita Wigs as well as the ebay store cosplaywig. Both stores carry a beautiful selection of hime-styled wigs and other elegant styles as well. (beautiful prices too!)
Here are some more examples I of kurohime I came up with, I love polyvore! :-3
Bag ~ Spica
Hair Rose ~ offbrand
Necklace ~ Jesus Diamante
Stockings ~ Leg Avenue
Shoes ~ Bodyline
Wig ~ Cyperous
Bustier ~ Innocent World
Skirt and Shoes ~ Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Gloves and Stockings ~ Bodyline
Choker ~ Fanplusfriend
Tiara ~ Offbrand
JSK and Headdress ~ Moi meme Moitie
Shoes and Capelet ~ Jesus Diamante
Gloves and Tights ~ Bodyline
Bag ~ The Pyrimid Collection
JSK ~ Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Stockings ~ Leg Avenue
Necklace and Shoes ~ Jesus Diamante
Gloves and Clutch ~ Bodyline
I really want to try this hybrid style more. For AWA I’ve decided that I’m going to try traditional hime gyaru for the first time really for one day and for the other day (probably Saturday), I will wear kurohime. This time, I promise to take pics!
Oh yeah, I also got a new wig! A black hime gyaru wig from Cosplay Wig USA/Gothic Lolita wigs.
I’ll post pics and something of a review in another entry! :)